Hello friends and fiends, it's been a while since my last post, so I hope you have not forgotten me and what I'm all about. Nevertheless, I'm back with a brand spanking new topic I would love to throw out there and have contemplated by all your juicy brain-meats.
First off; I love fantasy in all it's glory, from literature, art and theoretical design to character analysis, discourse and fantasy inspired video games and movies. Yes, I love it with all that I am and for those of you who remember me, yes I'm the one who is having his first fantasy novel published later this year. However, something has come to my attention of late... something I cannot stand, a very simple notion, fantasy education.
For those of you who read fantasy and I'm sure there are a few, have you ever googled or looked up your most loved author and after reading through their normal information, come to find a section dedicated to teach future fantasy authors the tricks of the trade and the 'best way things can be done.' If you have, do a little more digging and I can bet my bottom buck that somewhere along the lines they have written a book going through the process of writing your first novel and attempting to get it published. However, please don't get me wrong, I mean it goes much further than this, stemming to blogs, video feeds, E-books and even an idiots guide to.
Essentially, my problem with all of this is simple, the ability to write and write well, let alone write best selling fantasy novels is a gift, it is something you a born with, not something which can be contained within a guide, or packaged and shipped 'direct to your door,' for $29.99.
However, the idea of being taught how to write based upon someone else's theoretical methodology, or ideological foundation, is all good and well and to some extent, small though it may be, plausible. Yet, not only are these sites and other authors claiming that your everyday individual can learn how to write like a fantasy author, but to think like one, as well. I mean come on, is that not a little stupid. In consideration of this rather vexing claim, if such a thing were possible, surely it would be banned and categorized as cruel and unusual punishment because, Christ alive, I would hate to think what someone might need to suffer through in order to gain the constant flow of obscene, macabre and obscure thoughts that, like mine, are the mights of fantasy authors.
So, what do you think. Is it possible to learn how to not only write good fantasy, but write fantasy of a publishable quality and to acquire the mindset needed to write page after page of the surreal, deranged and unknowable? Or, like the cynic that I have become, do you say BULLSHIT to such mindless notions?
Please, think, contemplate, explore, practice and then come back to me and bring content... as much content as you can.
I thought, just so you can see, more objectively, the issues to which I am drawing reference, I would post a few links to such blogs, so on and so forth. http://www.jenniferfallon.com.au/blog/index.cfm/2007/5/25/Another-10-Tip